(HealthDay News) -- Foods that bear the label "organic" must meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, chiefly that they must be grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides.
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While organic foods are sometimes touted as healthier, they're generally more costly. So, are they really worth it?
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this information:
- Many organic foods have the same nutritional value as their non-organic counterparts. However, some organic produce products may be more nutritious simply because of the way they were farmed.
- Organic foods do not contain pesticides, synthetic ingredients or growth hormones. So, eating organic foods may reduce the risk of possible health problems caused by such ingredients.
- Organic produce does not have preservatives, and may be grown locally and have a fresher taste. Organic produce may also spoil more quickly.
- Organic foods are designed to be better for the environment.
-- Diana Kohnle
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